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Cowboys on Boxing Day, 1958. © George Lipman / Fairfax
By Helen Garner
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Benjamin Law
Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis' 'Machete' and Sean Byrne’s 'The Loved Ones'
By Luke Davies
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Anna Funder
White-rumped Vultures, once abundant in north-east India, are considered a threatened species. © Corbis
Tim Flannery’s 'Here on Earth'
By Christine Kenneally
'The Kids Are All Right' and 'The Tree'
By Luke Davies
Film still from Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Stalker'. © Photos 12/Alamy
By Nicolas Rothwell
Jimmy Barnes's 'Rage and Ruin'
By Robert Forster
What do Sarah Blasko, Silverchair, The Grates and Jimmy Barnes all have in common? Their latest albums were all made outside Australia using overseas producers. Other bands such as Powderfinger and Bridezilla brought in the overseas producer, while Tame Impala, The John Steel Singers and Dan Kelly recorded in
'Freedom' by Jonathan Franzen, Fourth Estate, 562pp; $32.99
By Michelle de Kretser
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Guy Pearse
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Kathy Marks
By Margaret Simons
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Rudd's Collapse
By Robert Manne
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Alice Pung